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Sharing or shaming? Arrest logs on Facebook tread a fine line

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Gone are the days when a minor arrest would be buried in a police blotter or reduced to the fine print in the back of the local newspaper. More police departments are communicating through social media, and as they do so, they can find themselves treading a fine line between announcing arrests in a new way and shaming those accused of crimes. Anyone arrested in Pittsfield has their booking photo …

No terror link seen in NYC police hatchet attack

Saturday, October 25, 2014

A man who brazenly attacked a group of police officers with a hatchet on a busy street described himself as a Muslim convert and ranted online against America, but he had no clear ties to international terrorism, the police said. The police were still examining the computer of Zale Thompson yesterday for clues …

Trial ends in hung jury on discrimination claim against CATCH Neighborhood Housing

Friday, October 24, 2014

In eight hours of deliberation, a jury in federal court could not determine whether CATCH Neighborhood Housing discriminated against one of its disabled tenants. Cathy Wyrenbeck, a 55-year-old resident of Mennino Place in Concord, sued the nonprofit and its property management company last year. She has alleged CATCH violated fair housing regulations by denying her an additional air conditioning unit and then refusing …

Wind sends bounce house flying, hurting 2 toddlers

Monday, October 13, 2014

The police and fire officials yesterday were working to find out why an inflatable bounce house lifted off the ground and flew some 40 feet across a farm before crashing down and injuring two toddlers who were inside. Authorities said two boys, ages 2 and 3, had climbed …

Franklin man dies in Canterbury crash

Monday, October 13, 2014

A 24-year-old Franklin man died this morning after a car crash on Interstate 93 in Canterbury. Joseph Nelson was pronounced dead at Concord Hospital, said Lt. Greg Ferry of the state police. At 11:45 p.m. Sunday, the state …

Teen killed, more than 20 hurt in Maine hayride crash

Monday, October 13, 2014

A Halloween-themed hayride loaded with passengers crashed down a hill in the Maine woods and slammed into a tree, fatally injuring a teenage girl and leaving more than 20 other people hurt, police said Sunday. Seventeen-year-old Cassidy Charette …

2 boys injured when bouncy house goes airborne in Nashua

Monday, October 13, 2014

Two toddlers were injured – one critically – when a bouncy house they had crawled into at a New Hampshire orchard went airborne. A 2-year-old boy was flown by helicopter to Tufts Medical Center in Boston. A 3-year-old boy was taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. …

Lawsuit: Alabama teen used as bait in school sex sting

Monday, October 13, 2014

Some facts of the case aren’t in dispute: A teacher’s aide asked a 14-year-old girl to go into a middle school bathroom as bait so a 16-year-old eighth-grader with a history of sexual harassment could be caught trying to have sex with her and disciplined. The scheme backfired. …

Rain dampens police shooting protests in Missouri

Saturday, October 11, 2014

A cold, steady rain dampened the start of widespread weekend protests over the two-month-old death of Michael Brown and other fatal police shootings in the St. Louis area and elsewhere that demonstrators say are racially motivated. Organizers of …

Arizona man suffers serious injuries in rollover near Exit 17 on Interstate 93

Friday, October 10, 2014

The state police are investigating a rollover on Interstate 93 that sent an Arizona man to Concord Hospital yesterday with serious injuries. State troopers and the Concord Fire Department responded about 3 p.m. to a report of a crash in the southbound lanes of I-93 near Exit 17, …

St. Louis shooting reignites anger among activists

Friday, October 10, 2014

Two months after a Ferguson, Mo., officer killed Michael Brown, setting off intense national debate about law enforcement treatment of minorities, the shooting death of another black 18-year-old by the police in nearby St. Louis has reignited anger among activists already planning weekend protests. The police said Vonderrit …

N.H. residents reporting IRS telephone scam

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Some residents have reported suspicious telephone calls in recent days purporting that the IRS is suing them. The calls are part of a nationwide scam, according to federal officials. According to a notice posted earlier this year by Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, “Callers claiming to be …

Lead FBI agent testifies in trial of alleged cartel member

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Encoded text messages. Cocaine wrapped in party balloons. Shopping bags filled with cash and handwritten notes to and from the world’s most wanted drug lord. For a few hours yesterday in Concord, a federal agent provided a rare …